Finishing up a road trip combined with hosting the in-laws meant I was a little delayed in my watching of the Vikings first preseason game of the Mike Zimmer era. I’ll try to make up for the delay by hosting a real-time live chat for the next game.
Overall, what we saw from the Vikings in their preseason debut against Oakland was encouraging. Tomorrow, I’ll turn around and focus on the “Five Things I Hate About You,” but I first want to ride the optimism and give you five positive takeaways.
5. Adam Thielen Looks Legit
The Vikings have invested a lot into their wide out position over the last couple of years and it is showing. Quality depth is still a concern, especially with Jerome Simpson facing a suspension this season, but Adam Thielen is looking like a reliable backup option with special teams value. He caught a pass for 15 yards, made a hell of a coverage play, and averaged over 17 yards on three punt returns. He looks fragile to me, and that very well could be my imagination, but I otherwise can’t think of a single reason he shouldn’t be on this roster in Week One of the regular season. He made plays all over the field this week.